Don’t miss! The country stars before they were famous (more than 40 pictures)

Before they were world famous, many country music stars enjoyed their youth.
And we have their yearbook photos to prove it — for better or worse.
Big hair, big glasses, big braces … some of these country superstars probably wish these pics would stay in the vault. Of course, some are still flattering — okay, Luke Bryan, we get it, you’re attractive — and some, like Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, haven’t changed one bit (lucky lady). We’ve compiled the very best of country stars’ yearbook photos. There are more than 40 to scroll through!

See Country Stars’ Hilarious, Adorable Yearbook Pictures:

Blake Shelton

He has a very different hairdo now and in addition to becoming one of country music’s brightest stars, Shelton is a co-star on an extremely popular reality television show.

Eric Church

Clean-cut and smiling are two things you rarely see from Eric Church today, but back when this yearbook photo was taken, he had a much cheerier disposition.

George Strait

This legend started getting serious about country music after high school but wouldn’t find fame until after a stint in the Army and a few years of college.

Glen Campbell

Campbell’s first hit came in 1962, and a four decade-long career included over 100 singles and nearly a dozen No. 1s.

Sunny Sweeney

Sweeney tells Taste of Country that her mother told her she’d regret this hairstyle one day, and as is always the case, mom was right.

Zac Brown

Brown was born in the late ’70s and attended high school in Georgia before taking an unconventional route to country fame.

Trace Adkins

The country giant played basketball and football in high school, but ultimately, he’d find his fame and fortune singing tender country love songs.

Trisha Yearwood

This Georgia girl would become one of country music’s all-time best female vocalists, but she was just the girl next door in her early ’80s yearbook photo.

Jennifer Nettles

Nettles attended high school in Georgia, and after continuing her education, became active in the local music scene as a part of several bands before teaming up with the group that would make her famous.

Garth Brooks

No, that’s not a member of the Monkees … but Brooks borrowed the same bowl cut for his high school yearbook photo in the mid-’80s.

Taylor Swift

She is as capable of throwing a melancholy stare today as she was in this grade school class picture.

Miranda Lambert

Lambert admits she wasn’t in the cool kid’s club in high school, and these days she’d probably never be caught dead wearing a preppy scarf around her neck.

Sheryl Crow

Crow star didn’t start off in country music — she became famous as a pop-rock singer before trying her hand at the Nashville sound.

Rachel Reinert

She dropped the pom-poms in favor of a microphone to team up with two handsome brothers to form popular country music trio, Gloriana.

Kenny Rogers

Rogers’ yearbook pic shows a clean-shaven, dark haired, dark-browed boy, but these days, it’s all white — including his famous facial hair!

Martina McBride

McBride is one of the biggest female voices in country music history, with a cabinet full of ACM and CMA awards to prove it.

Darius Rucker

Rucker still wears glasses, although his rims are a little thinner than this pair of sexy specs he put on for his yearbook photo in the early ’80s.

Will Hoge

Hoge grew up in Franklin, Tenn. just south of Music City, and his songwriting talents even earned him a Grammy nomination for Country Song of the Year!

Toby Keith

The youngster pictured here would go on to become one of the more patriotic country superstars, named Billboard’s most played artist of the 2000s.

Charles Kelley

We’re glad Charles ditched this hairstyle, handsome as he was.

Shania Twain

Apparently, Twain’s high school wardrobe didn’t look much different from her stage outfits.

Kelly Clarkson

Clarkson was an overnight pop superstar, but over the last half decade, she’s drifted more and more into country music circles.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery had one of the best selling albums of 2011 and was the youngest male ever to top the Billboard charts with a debut release.

Kellie Pickler

Over the years, fans have gotten to know the story of Pickler’s difficult childhood, as it’s frequently the subject of her music.

Reba McEntire

This early ’70s yearbook photo is from one of country music’s all-time greatest female vocalists.

Tim McGraw

The Louisiana-born singer and his equally famous wife now have three kids of their own, all girls.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Sure, the boy in this picture became one of the biggest hitmakers of the 90s, but these days, Cyrus might be better known for his famous daughter, Miley.

Keith Urban

The guitar-slingin’ Urbam was an ’80s country rocker before moving to Nashville.

Julianne Hough

This picture seems to be from Hough’s grade school yearbook. She and her famous brother still wear the same platinum blonde hair today.

Hillary Scott

Scott quickly moved on from her Nashville-area high school to sign a recording contract and form the hottest group in Music City.

Casey James

Casey James was first met by fans on the popular reality television show ‘American Idol.’ He’s gone back to short hair.

Carrie Underwood

Underwood absolutely exploded into country music at the age of 22. Now, she’s one of the top female vocalists in the genre.

Sara Evans
Evans is an ACM Female Vocalist of the Year winner who once competed on one of America’s hottest reality television shows.

Gary LeVox’

LeVox is still a sharp dresser, but he’s dropped the pinstripe suit for more modern duds.

Alan Jackson

While a cowboy hat and a face full of hair are what this tall Georgian hides behind these days, we’d love to see him put on that bowtie again, just once!

Kenny Chesney

Chesney has more muscle and less hair than he did in this portrait from his high school yearbook.

Dave Haywood

The young poindexter really doesn’t look much different now than he did when this photo was taken.

Faith Hill

This yearbook photo shows this beauty with dark hair, but these days, she’s better known for blonde hair of varying lengths.

Luke Bryan

This Georgia native graduated in the mid-’90s and attended college before trying his hand at country music full-time.

Brad Paisley

Paisley was already a star in his hometown by the time this picture was taken in the late ’80s.

Reba McEntire

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler fronted one of the biggest rock bands in history in Aerosmith, but in 2015, he decided to try his hand at country music, releasing a song called “Love Is Your Name.”